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EDITORIAL: Competence Issue Looms Large for Natalie Tennant in U.S. Senate Race
National and state media, along with the State Republican Party, is unlikely to let the public forget about Tennant's Secretary of State's Office having to reprint ballots at a significant cost during her watch.
In order for Tennant to have a chance at erasing the competence rap, she will need to run a nearly flawless U.S. Senate campaign. This is the consequence of her troubles in office. If her campaign's wheels start to fall off, her critics will be able to suggest that a pattern of incompetence is becoming clear.
That's why a little video snafu using Pitt campus footage looks bad right out of the starting gate for Tennant. Not only does it distract from whatever positive message her opening video was trying to convey, it looks like an amateur effort--just like her office's woes on having to redo those ballots at significant cost to the taxpayer.
Plus, there's something ironic about a former WVU Mountaineer Mascot using archrival Pitt's campus footage in her opening video.
Tennant is on thin ice on the competence issue. If Tennant or her campaign have many more goofs in these opening rounds, this race may be over before it begins.
But there's a positive side to that ending: for being a dutiful Democrat, filling a spot on the state ballot, perhaps her friend, Barack Obama, can give her a federal appointment.